Thieves butchered chickens in Sunderland allotment raid

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THIEVES killed two chickens after breaking into allotments in Sunderland.

The yobs struck at the Red Machine Allotments in Barnes overnight on Tuesday.

Seven sheds were targeted at the site, off Ettrick Grove, and raiders stole tools.

Two chickens were found dead in their run and another five are missing.

It comes after the Echo reported yesterday how rare breed chickens were stolen in an earlier allotment raid in Whitburn. >>Click here to read more

Charlie Horton, whose allotment door the thieves tried to force, called the incident “wanton destruction”.

“It’s just not fair,” said the 74-year-old.

“Most of us are pensioners and we are not getting any peace with all of these break-ins.”

Mr Horton added that problems with allotments being targeted had died down since last year, but things had got worse recently.

“At the present moment there’s a lot of antisocial behaviour around and maybe that’s why this has happened,” he said.

Police want to speak to anyone with information about the sick attack.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “The break-in happened between 2pm on Tuesday and 1pm on Wednesday, at Red Machine Allotments in Ettrick Grove in Sunderland.

“Seven sheds were broken into and a number of items were stolen, including tools and chickens.

“Two chickens were killed during the incident.

“Officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious at the allotments or has any information.”

Any witnesses should contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191.